SPRINGFIELD -- Former University of Illinois president Michael Hogan, who resigned in March after his leadership was questioned, will become a history professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, although he will be on sabbatical for the coming school year.

SPRINGFIELD -- Former University of Illinois president Michael Hogan, who resigned in March after his leadership was questioned, will become a history professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, although he will be on sabbatical for the coming school year.

Hogan was succeeded by Robert Easter as U of I president on July 1.

According to the terms of his employment agreement, Hogan was allowed to join the university faculty as a distinguished professor of history at the campus of his choosing. He chose UIS from among the three U of I campuses in part because of its online programs and the proximity of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Dr. Hogan is an accomplished scholar in history, and we expect he will be a positive academic addition to our outstanding faculty,” UIS Chancellor Susan Koch said in an email from an out-of-state conference.

Lynn Pardie, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at UIS, informed faculty in an email Tuesday that Hogan had decided to join the Springfield faculty.

“Dr. Hogan, as you may already know, is an accomplished scholar whose areas of expertise include American foreign policy and international relations,” Pardie said in the email. “Dr. Hogan will be on sabbatical leave for the 2012-2013 academic year and I look forward to the contributions that he will make to the intellectual vibrancy of UIS.”

Hogan has written or edited nine books on such topics as the Marshall Plan and President Truman's role in creating the national security state. He also was editor of the magazine Diplomatic History and was president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 

The sabbatical is part of Hogan’s employment agreement. He will be required to teach a minimum of two courses during the 2013-14 academic year. He will be paid $285,100 annually for the faculty appointment after making $651,000 per year as president of the university.

“Among the factors in the decision to base my faculty appointment at the University of Illinois at Springfield are two of the key differentiators that distinguish UIS excellence — access in our state capital to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the campus's  international reputation for online learning,” Hogan said in a statement.

Hogan came to the U of I from the University of Connecticut in July 2010. He replaced former president B. Joseph White following an admissions scandal.

Faculty members pressured Hogan to resign, saying they lacked confidence in his leadership, and in February, a group of 130 professors from the Urbana campus wrote a letter to the trustees asking Hogan to step down.

Controversy over Hogan’s proposals to centralize financial aid and admissions swelled after his former chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, resigned in early January during an investigation of whether she sent anonymous emails to a faculty group.

Chris Dettro can be reached at 788-1510.